YU High Schools Launch First-Ever Hebrew Language Mentoring Workshop with Acclaimed Author

Nov. 2, 2010

Source: Meet the Israeli Author


YU Blog writes about seven honors students from the Yeshiva University high schools — four from the Yeshiva University High School for Boys/Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy (YUHSB) and three from the Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls (YUHSG) — will be participating in a new independent study Hebrew literature course in which they will be mentored by a renowned Israeli author with the goal of developing their Hebrew-language creative writing skills. Entitled “Meet the Israeli Author,” the workshop is the first of its kind in a North American Jewish high school.

Jerusalem-born Chana Bat Shahar, an alumna of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the author of nine Hebrew titles and a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Prize (1994), was chosen as this year’s mentor.

From November through May, the high school students will participate in monthly “virtual meetings” with Bat Shahar—conducted entirely in Hebrew—during which they will get to know the author, learn about the author’s methods and receive pointers on how to hone their craft.

Between video conferencing sessions, the students will keep in contact with and receive additional guidance from Bat Shahar via e-mail.

Two of the YUHSB students and one YUHSG student participating in the “Meet the Israeli Author” workshop also spent six weeks in Israel as part of a student exchange program with Yeshivat Mekor Haim in Kibbutz Kfar Etzion and Ulpanat Tzvia in Ma’aleh Adumim respectively last December.

Updated: Nov. 15, 2010